|January 11, 2014||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
|Lake Superior State||0||1||0||1|
|2||05:22||LSSU||Stephen Perfetto (Alex Globke , Zach Sternberg)|
|2||17:56||BSU||Illo, Radoslav (Prapavessis, Matt , Arentz, Nate)|
|3||01:03||BSU||Prapavessis, Matt (Pedan, Ruslan , Ward, Cory)|
|3||06:28||BSU||Gerbrandt, Markus (Windle, Sam )|
|Shots on Goal||24||35|
SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. (Taffy Abel Arena) – Junior captain Matt Prapavessis (Oakville, Ontario) netted a goal and an assist to lead the Bemidji State University men’s hockey team to a 3-1 come-from-behind, Western Collegiate Hockey Association victory over Lake Superior State University Saturday in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.
Tied 1-1 after two periods of play, the Beavers controlled play during the final 20 minutes, netting a pair of goals, to gain the victory and complete its first league road sweep since back-to-back victories at University of Alabama-Huntsville Oct. 25-26.
The Beavers snuck out of the first period with the score tied 0-0 thanks to the play of freshman Jesse Wilkins (Calgary, Alberta). The Lakers had the Beavers on their heels from the opening face off, but the BSU goaltender single-handedly kept the out played Beavers in the piling up 14 saves and BSU was out shot 14-4.
After a scoreless first period, the Lakers’ early dominance translated into a goal 5:22 into the second. With Mitch Cain (F, Jr., Fort Frances, Ontario) in the penalty box for hooking, Stephen Perfetto got LSSU on the scoreboard with help from Alex Globke and Zach Sternberg.
On the heels of a solid penalty-killing effort and just over four minutes to play, the Lakers looked to have beaten Wilkins with a shot, but forward Jeff Jubinville (Sr., Edmonton, Alberta) corralled the loose puck and cleared the LSSU zone to keep the Beavers within a goal. Jubinville’s heroics changed the tide for BSU.
Just two minutes later and just seconds after BSU’s fourth power play had expired Matt Prapavessis (D, Jr., Oakville, Ontario) and Nate Arentz (F, Fr., Lakeville, Minn.) fought to keep the puck in the BSU zone and found Radoslav Illo (F, Sr., Bystrica, Slovakia) between the face off circles. The senior buried his sixth goal of the season to tie the score, 1-1.
The Beavers took on the role of the aggressor during the final minutes of the second, battling back to end the period with shots on goal tied 14-14, which included two near misses during the final 50 seconds.
BSU opened the third period with 1:10 of power-play time that spilled over from the final penalty of the second period allowing BSU to continue to apply pressure. Prapavessis scored his second power-play goal of the series to give the Beavers their first lead of the evening just 1:03 into the stanza. Cory Ward (F, So., Las Vegas, Nev.) picked up his fourth assist of the weekend on the play. Ruslan Pedan (D, Fr., Moscow, Russia) was also credited with an assist.
Bemidji State would not look back.
Markus Gerbrandt (F, So., Edmonton, Alberta) helped the Beavers extend their lead to 3-1 at the 6:28 mark of the third when he took a pass from Sam Windle (D, Jr., Maple Grove, Minn.) and fired a wrist shot from the left face off circle that trickled into the net for his 11th goal of the season.
With 2:15 to go, LSSU pulled goaltender Kevin Murdock for an extra attacker, but the tactic would not produce a goal for LSSU and the Beavers coasted to the final horn gripping a two-goal lead.
Bemidji State finished the night going 1-for-6 on the power-play, while its penalty-kill unit held the Lakers in check (1-for-5).
Wilkins completed the night stopping 34 of 35 shots faced. He picked up his second victory of the season and improves to 2-1-3.
The Beavers, now 7-11-6 overall and 7-7-4 in WCHA play, break from WCHA play next weekend to face regional rival University of North Dakota in a home and home series. Friday night’s nonconference series opener is set for a 7:37 p.m. start at Sanford Center in Bemidji, Minn., while the series finale will take place at 7:07 p.m. Saturday at Ralph Engelstad Arena in Grand Forks, N.D.
A limited number of tickets remain for the series opener in Bemidji and can be purchased by stopping by the Sanford Center Bob Lowth Ford Pickup Window, any Ticketmaster Outlet, such as Lueken’s Village Foods or by visiting Ticketmaster.com.
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Nestled in Northern Minnesota’s wooded region and located on the shore of Lake Bemidji, Bemidji State University sponsors 15 varsity athletic programs with NCAA Division I men’s and women’s hockey membership in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, while its 13 NCAA Division II programs hold membership in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).